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Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Valbuena drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning. He then tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run blast in the eighth, but the Rockies were able to pull out a win in extra innings. Valbuena has hit .252/.335/.433 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats.

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Wesley Wright surrenders two runs in loss vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Wesley Wright was stuck with a loss Wednesday after giving up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in one inning of work in his team's 6-4, 10-inning defeat against the Rockies.

Wright (0-2) has been hittable recently, and he hasn't managed to post an outing with no baserunners since July 5. He's surrendered four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings during that stretch. Wright owns a 2.84 ERA and 27:11 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.

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Adam Ottavino earns first career save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday to earn his first career save in his team's 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Ottavino was the pitcher of choice for the opportunity after LaTroy Hawkins tossed two innings in Tuesday's 16-inning marathon. He owns a 3.80 ERA and 49:12 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.

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Dan Runzler heading to Japan after Triple-A release
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Giants released pitcher Dan Runzler from Triple-A Fresno Wednesday so that he could sign with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, the Associated Press reports.

Runzler hasn't pitched in the majors since making six appearances in 2012. He owned a 3.30 ERA and 53:36 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings with Fresno heading into play Wednesday.

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Rob Scahill picks up first win Wednesday vs. Cubs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rockies pitcher Rob Scahill earned a win Wednesday, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 6-4, 10-inning win over the Cubs.

Scahill (1-0) just joined the team Wednesday after the bullpen was taxed by a 16-inning game the previous night. He needed just 12 pitches to complete the bottom of the ninth inning, and his offense delivered two runs in the top of the 10th. Scahill owns a 5.68 ERA and 3:4 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.

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Brett Anderson strikes out nine in no-decision vs. Cubs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson didn't factor into Wednesday's decision after giving up two earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings while striking out nine and walking none in his team's 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Anderson was in line for a win before the bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead. It was his third straight quality start in the second half, and Anderson has surrendered just three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings during that stretch. He owns a 3.12 ERA and 27:13 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. Anderson is scheduled to face the Cubs again next Wednesday, this time at home.

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Travis Wood strikes out career-high 11 batters Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Travis Wood wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies.

Wood surrendered three runs in his first two innings to put himself in an early hole, then gave up another on an RBI double in the sixth. He hadn't topped seven strikeouts in a start since mid-April before posting his career-best mark Wednesday. Wood owns a 5.10 ERA and 108:55 K:BB ratio in 127 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies again Tuesday, this time in Colorado.

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Josh Willingham homers, steals base Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Twins designated hitter Josh Willingham went 1 for 3 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 3-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Willingham's name has come up in trade rumors this month, but the team seems likely to hold on to him through the deadline, provided another team doesn't bowl them over with an offer. He has hit .223/.366/.436 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and now one stolen base in 188 at-bats.

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Greg Holland records 28th save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Royals closer Greg Holland needed 28 pitches to pick up his 28th save Wednesday, issuing one walk and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to end his team's 3-2 win over the Twins.

Holland topped his previous season-high of 27 pitches in the outing but still managed to walk away with the save. He owns a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 60:12 K:BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings.

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Report: Ryan Ludwick available in trade talks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Reds are telling teams that outfielder Ryan Ludwick is available to be traded, USA Today reports.

Ludwick has a $7.5 million salary this year and a $9 million mutual option for 2015 that carries a $4.5 millino buyout. He has hit .261/.326/.394 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 249 at-bats.

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